Name: Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Sungrown
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Price: About $7.00
First Look: A fairly firm cigar with no soft or hard spots. A dark brown sun grown wrapper with a few small veins wraps this cigar. The usual Fuente band with the black background covers the top portion of the cigar. This is the new more clearer Fuente band. You can read the lettering a good bit more and is simple and pleaseing to the eye. A cedar wrapping covers the bottom two-thirds of the cigar with a black fabric peice at the foot lets you know that it is the sun grown 8-5-8. On the cello the words ” Flor Fina 8-5-8″ are printed on the cello to let you know, its the 8-5-8.
The foot has an aroma of nutmeg and slight woody tone. The prelight draw reveals nothing much as far as flavors, but a little tight, but managable draw.
First Third: The first few draws of this cigar reminds me alot like banana nut bread. Its an odd flavor to experience, but thats exactly what comes to mind for me. Also I am getting a semisweet nuttiness to it. A taste of blackpepper hits my tongue as I get into the first part of the cigar. A nice tight ringed gray ash emerges from the cigar. The ash holds, but not for long. The ash seems to hold for about three-quarters of an inch and drops off into my lap. So, you need to watch out for ash laps! Finishing off the first third a slight spice accompanies the black pepper.
Second Third: Working into the second portion of this cigar, I am tasting a musty straw note with very faint hints of sweetness. The blackpepper is still there, but not as prodominant as the first third. The draw is still a little tight, but is managable though. The burn is fairly even, not as straight as it could be, but doesn’t need any touch-ups at all. I like the faint sweetness the 8-5-8 SG produces. The Fuente Rosado has more sweetness to it for comparison purposes. I think, if they made the 8-5-8 in a Rosado, I bet it would be a hit! The 8-5-8 Sg has the typica Fuente flavors, except for the spicy black pepper notes. Finishing off the second third, at the band, the spice of the black pepper eases off and a very, very, slight bitterness pops out.
Final Third: Between the second and final third, the ash seems to hold better than the first parts of the cigar. The burn is still a little off and had to make one small touch-up on it. The draw is still the same, stiff, but managable. The black pepper fades into a musty straw note. The black pepper doesn’t fade out completely, just into the background as I finish off the cigar.
Final Thoughts: The Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Sun Grown is not an overly complex smoke. The black pepper and slight sweetnes are the main notes throughout the cigar. I wish there was a little bit more of spice or sweetness to it. If the very first note of Banana Nut Bread would have stuck into the cigar more, I think I would have liked it alot more. I like a good number of sungrown wrapped cigars. This is not my favorite, but its about the middle of the list. For the money, its a good smoke thats worth a try.